Sunrisers Hyderabad’s stand-in captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar has said that they were short of runs as Punjab Kings chased down the 158-run target with 29 balls to spare as well. It was a poor performance from the SRH in their last match of the season which cost them a huge defeat at Wankhede Stadium. However, Bhuvneshwar led the SRH in absence of Kane Williamson who returned to New Zealand for the birth of his second child as well.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar also said that the SRH failed to execute their batting plans in the game as they were short of runs and they also had a tough night in the fielding as well.
“Good feeling (on being the captain), but it would have been better if we had won the match. I wouldn’t say we were few runs short, we were many short… with them winning with 5 overs left, but we had to field better, didn’t take our chances and there were fumbles, but this was the last match of the season and that does have an effect,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar said in the post-match presentation.
“We won 5 on the bounce and had the momentum, but it didn’t go our way and we pretty much lost all our matches in the second half of the tournament. We will have to look at our squad and the management will have to work out on the weaknesses ahead of the next season,” he further said.
He further added the positives for SRH and praised the young guns Umran Malik and Abhishek Sharma who made a big impact this season with their performances.
“Umran Malik and Abhishek Sharma were the obvious positives, but we have a decent core of batting with Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran coming up pretty well. As for me, it was a challenging season with injuries hampering me, thought I did a decent job and will look to come back better in the next season,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar concluded.